Manchester was my second major games, (having competed at the Sydney Olympics two years previously), but I certainly felt that more was expected of me come 2002. Pre commonwealth rankings predicted podium finishes at the very least, and I was aware that Manchester offered me a great opportunity to make … Continue Reading→
Kate Haywood will be at her third Commonwealth Games in Delhi 2010, having made her international debut in the 2002 event in Manchester. She also went to Melbourne 4 years later and here recalls her memories of both.
The thing I liked about Manchester was the intimacy with the crowd. They were right there on the deck and the way they got the crowd involved was fantastic. It was certainly a great atmosphere, it was just electric, everyone was all around you it was awesome.
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The home games were absolutely amazing. I really wanted to do some special things in Manchester - just because it was only 30 miles away form where I was born and I was training n Manchester at the time and I just felt like it provided the perfect … Continue Reading→
The best thing about Manchester was the atmosphere of the tiny pool. The constant musical backdrop kept the crowd revved up and wildly enthusiastic. the spectators in the front row were so close they could shake my hand. The relaxed intimacy of the place had infused me with … Continue Reading→